Published on April 13, 2008
Focusing San Francisco'sEconomic Strategy: From Goals to Strategic Priorities: Focusing San Francisco's Economic Strategy: From Goals to Strategic Priorities Ted Egan, Ph.D. ICF International Outline: Outline Overview and Rationale Goals and Objectives of the Economic Strategy Impacts of San Francisco Industry How San Francisco Works: The Structure of our Economy Understanding Viability: The Dynamics of Change Recommended Target Industries, and Strategic Priorities Targeting and Economic Strategy: Targeting and Economic Strategy Economic development plans increasingly work with specific industries for two main reasons: Industries require specialized economic foundations, e.g. workforce, physical infrastructure, regulatory system, etc. Industries have different fiscal and labor market impacts, and essentially can put the City on different growth trajectories. Two criteria are important: Does the industry provide the kind of positive economic impacts that reflect the goals and objectives of the strategy? Is the industry a viable strategic growth target for San Francisco? Goals and Objectives: Proposition I: Goals and Objectives: Proposition I The San Francisco Economic Strategy was authorized by Proposition I in 2004, which voters approved Proposition I focuses on: Job creation Opportunities for vulnerable populations Tax revenues Small business Goals and Objectives:Community Survey: Goals and Objectives: Community Survey In Spring/Summer 2006 an online survey asked respondents their values for the strategy. The top 5 goals and objectives are listed below (points out of 5) Goals and Objectives:Focus Groups and Public Meeting: Goals and Objectives: Focus Groups and Public Meeting Industries Advance the Goals and Objectives Differently: Industries Advance the Goals and Objectives Differently Combined Impacts: Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesaling, Transportation: Combined Impacts: Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesaling, Transportation Combined Impacts:Retail Trade: Combined Impacts: Retail Trade Combined Impacts: Information: Combined Impacts: Information Combined Impacts: Financial, Professional, Business, Environmental: Combined Impacts: Financial, Professional, Business, Environmental Education, Health, Hospitality, and Other Services: Education, Health, Hospitality, and Other Services Summarizing the Industry Impacts: Summarizing the Industry Impacts Successfully developing the high-impact industries means taking the San Francisco economy where we want it to go: More job opportunities Better job opportunities for lower-income residents More revenue to fund services But we cannot simply focus on high impact industries without considering how easy it is to encourage them to develop, grow, and remain in San Francisco. How San Francisco Works:The Structure of Our Economy: How San Francisco Works: The Structure of Our Economy The economy of all cities fundamentally depends on its trading relationships with the outside world—and this is especially true in today’s globalized economy. The first step to determining which industries can grow in San Francisco is to examine our trading patterns, and understand our economic role in the world. By making our export activities more competitive, they can drive our economic growth. Local-serving industries rely on export growth and increasingly face new kinds of competition. What We Sell: Major Net Export Industries in San Francisco: What We Sell: Major Net Export Industries in San Francisco What We Buy: Major Net Import Industries in San Francisco: What We Buy: Major Net Import Industries in San Francisco San Francisco’s Trade Pattern and Economic Niche: San Francisco’s Trade Pattern and Economic Niche Manufactured Goods Energy Commodities Tourism Services Financial & Professional Services Capital Inflows Traditional & New Media High Technology San Francisco’s Economy Rest of the World Rest of the World San Francisco’s Economic Structure:A Knowledge and Experience Economy: Attractions San Francisco’s Economic Structure: A Knowledge and Experience Economy Digital Media Financial Services Information Technology Biotech Professional Services Publishing, Film, TV Knowledge Generation Dining & Entertainment Neighborhoods & Places Arts & Culture Hospitality Specialty Retail Experience Generation Fashion Physical Infrastructure: Making, Holding, Moving, Maintaining Things Construction/Real Estate Transportation, Distribution, & Trade Manufacturing Suppliers Maintenance and Repair Environmental Products & Technologies Export Design Implications of Our Economic Structure: Implications of Our Economic Structure San Francisco’s economy is really based on two core activities: Generating new knowledge (and innovative products, services, and information from new knowledge) Providing high-quality experiences to visitors These export activities drive our economic growth: the better we do them, the greater the growth potential throughout the economy. Our human and physical support system help determine how competitive we are in our export activities. Job Performance of the Four Major Sectors: Job Performance of the Four Major Sectors On the following slides, we will examine the recent job performance of industries within San Francisco’s two major export sectors: Knowledge and Experience. We will also examine the kinds of jobs they require, and some conclusions related to strategic directions for them. In addition, industries within the two local-serving sectors—physical and human infrastructure—will be profiled to see how well their growth is matching the growth in the export sectors. Trends in the Economic Structure: Interpreting Growth-Share Matrices : Trends in the Economic Structure: Interpreting Growth-Share Matrices Recent Growth Rate Concentration in San Francisco U.S. Average San Francisco Average Trends in the Knowledge Sector: Trends in the Knowledge Sector San Francisco has broad areas of strength across the entire knowledge economy, from financial and professional services, to digital and traditional media, to software and services. The orange-colored industries indicate those with a high impact, from the earlier impact analysis. A clear distinction exists, however, between those strengths that are expanding (upper-right), and those which are declining (upper left). These differences will be explored in the next few slides. Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary In Growing Knowledge Industries: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary In Growing Knowledge Industries In the growing (upper right) industries, which mainly includes Internet, media, professional, and high-end financial services, about 60% of the jobs go to workers with at least a four-year degree. About a quarter of workers have some college or a two-year degree, and most of those jobs pay more than these workers typically make in San Francisco. Only about 12% of the jobs go to workers with no college, although again most of those jobs pay better than average. Slide24: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary In Declining Knowledge Industries The knowledge sector jobs that have been declining in San Francisco (corporate headquarters, mid-level financial services, and film) have a very different skills profile. Over half of the jobs in these industries go to workers that do not have a four-year degree. Again most of these jobs offer better-than-average salaries to workers with a high school or community college education. Our Declining Knowledge Sector is Growing Elsewhere in the Bay Area: Our Declining Knowledge Sector is Growing Elsewhere in the Bay Area Is the decline of the middle class knowledge sector job an inevitable part of San Francisco’s rising cost of living? The argument for that would be stronger if we did not observe the same industries growing elsewhere in the Bay Area—even in Santa Clara county, which has higher housing costs than San Francisco. These areas face very similar housing and labor costs as San Francisco, but have been able to expand their employment in these industries. Knowledge Industries Grow from Local Creativity & Innovation Like a Funnel: Knowledge Industries Grow from Local Creativity & Innovation Like a Funnel Institutions, Creativity, Innovation Job Impacts Are Different For Companies at Different Stages: Job Impacts Are Different For Companies at Different Stages Highly skilled, core knowledge functions only, personal networks. Upper Income Jobs. Multiple skill levels, full set of corporate functions, formal labor market hiring. Upper, Middle, and Lower Income Jobs. Company Stage of Development Job Characteristics San Francisco Has a Very Wide Funnel,But Has a Bottleneck at the Bottom: San Francisco Has a Very Wide Funnel, But Has a Bottleneck at the Bottom Dominant SF Companies Sustainable SF Companies Number of Actual SF Start-Ups San Francisco Creative Talent – Number of Potential Entrepreneurs San Francisco Institutions, Creativity, Innovation Relocations / Expansions Outside SF Buy-Outs/ Mergers Venture Capital Trends:Emerging Industries in the Bay Area: Venture Capital Trends: Emerging Industries in the Bay Area Given our current role as a center for small, early-stage knowledge-based companies, understanding the growth trends of emerging industries is important. The six industries shown on the left lead the country in receiving venture capital investment, and the Bay Area leads all other regions in every one of these industries. Regional Factors Favoring San Francisco: Regional Factors Favoring San Francisco An earlier SFES report highlighted two trends that suggest San Francisco could further broaden its Knowledge sector: Northward movement of Silicon Valley and emergence of San Francisco as a regional high technology node. Likely increasing importance of transit to commuting in the region’s future, favoring high-density, transit-rich employment centers like downtown San Francisco. While in recent decades San Francisco may not have been competitive for many emerging industries or middle-income knowledge jobs, this could change. Key Challenges and Industries for the Knowledge Sector: Key Challenges and Industries for the Knowledge Sector Expanding our base of early-stage emerging industry firms: Biotechnology / nanotechnology Software / digital media Clean / alternative energy Wireless communications Encouraging the retention of larger knowledge sector firms we have been losing, especially: Corporate headquarters Insurance and mid-level financial services Trends in the Experience Sector: Trends in the Experience Sector The broad Experience sector includes companies in the hospitality, specialty retail, arts, culture, and recreation industries. As a sector, its growth has been one of the strongest in the City over the past decade. Many of these industries are not high-impact, although the accommodation industry is a major source of revenue for the City. Experience Sector: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary: Experience Sector: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary When we look within these educational categories to examine wages, we see that most of the jobs pay below average for each level of educational attainment. 42% of the Experience sector workforce has a high school education and work in jobs paying less than $30k a year. Another 26% have some college, and work in jobs (possibly the same jobs) paying less than $40k a year. Part of the challenge in this sector, therefore, is not merely to ensure competitiveness, but higher quality experiences dependent on higher skilled, better paid workers. Experience Sector: Key Strategy Issues: Experience Sector: Key Strategy Issues Tourism is a major source of economic growth and tax revenue for San Francisco, and the experience of the city is the single biggest driver we have. But we need to continue to grow the experience sector in ways that deepen and enhance the experience, and create new forms of value for visitors. In many cases this depends on the quality of the workforce. We can build a higher quality experience economy as we build a higher quality workforce. Key Industries and Challenges for the Experience Sector: Key Industries and Challenges for the Experience Sector Upgrade the training, skills, and wages of key experience-providing workers in the visitor industries: Retail Food Service and Preparation Hospitality Personal Care and Service Arts, Design, Entertainment Workers Trends in Human Infrastructure: Trends in Human Infrastructure Industries in the human infrastructure sector, like all local-serving industries, will generally track the growth of the overall economy, unless there are changes in local demand patterns or competition from elsewhere in the region. In the human infrastructure sector, health care (hospitals) and education have been healthy sources of job growth. Most of the industries in this sector have strong middle-income job impact, and a low overall impact only because many are exempt from property tax. Human Infrastructure: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary: Human Infrastructure: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary The sector offers a decent array of middle-income jobs, especially for workers with some college. Most of the jobs held by workers with a high school education or less pay less than $30k a year, the City-wide average for workers at that level. Human Infrastructure Sector:Key Strategy Issues: Human Infrastructure Sector: Key Strategy Issues Growth in this sector will largely be determined by the strength of the City’s export sector, and overall level of job and income growth. The sector is crucial to the competitiveness of the export sectors in many ways, however, and many of the employers are in the public or non-profit sectors. There is therefore a governance challenge—more than a strategy challenge—to ensure an optimal alignment between employers in this sector and the requirements of the export industries on which the entire city depends for growth. Job Trends in Physical Infrastructure: Job Trends in Physical Infrastructure Many jobs in the physical infrastructure sector are high impact, both because of their strong multiplier effects, and the percentage of middle-income jobs that each offer. Unfortunately, most of these industries have been losing jobs in San Francisco, with Construction and Truck Transportation being the main bright spots. Many manufacturing industries on this chart—and other export-oriented manufacturing industries not shown—have declined dramatically. Physical Infrastructure: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary: Physical Infrastructure: Breakdown of Jobs by Education and Annual Salary Most of the jobs held by workers in the physical infrastructure sector pay an above-average wage for workers at that level. 30% of the workforce has a high school education and earns over $30k a year, while another 19% of the workforce has some college and earns over $40k a year. Knowledge Sector & Physical Infrastructure Growth, 1995-2000: Knowledge Sector & Physical Infrastructure Growth, 1995-2000 During the dot com boom, the local-serving industrial sector grew alongside of the advanced services sector that led the city’s economy. Export-oriented industrial jobs—essentially, the manufacturing sector– declined significantly during this period Although there was a significant change in the city’s population during that time, and many employers were displaced, in aggregate the growth of the Knowledge Sector created more job opportunities in the local-serving PDR sector. Knowledge Sector & Physical Infrastructure Growth, 2000-2004: Knowledge Sector & Physical Infrastructure Growth, 2000-2004 In 2001, the City began to lose knowledge sector jobs in the dot com bust. Immediately, it also began to lose local-serving PDR jobs. What this means it that the growth of the advanced services sector has not cost the city PDR jobs. Rather the growth of the City’s knowledge and experience economy sustains local industrial suppliers. During the recession, the more vulnerable, and disconnected, tradable PDR sector declined faster than other, stronger sectors of the economy. And faster than it did during the dot com boom. Physical Infrastructure Sector: Key Strategy Issues: Physical Infrastructure Sector: Key Strategy Issues Employment in the physical infrastructure industries is most viable when it is closely linked to growth in the export activities—such as construction, and most at risk when it depends on outside markets—such as food manufacturing. Strategies for the sector should revolve around strengthening those linkages to local markets by promoting collaboration between industrial producers and local end-users. Conclusions: Four Key Strategies for San Francisco’s Economic Future: Conclusions: Four Key Strategies for San Francisco’s Economic Future Strengthen the linkages between the local-serving industrial sector and growing elements of the export base. Continue to invest in, and diversify, the engines of innovation in the knowledge sector. Retain growing knowledge sector companies within San Francisco to retain mid-level occupations. Raise the value in the experience sector to increase revenue and expand the range and wages of jobs. What Happens When We Succeed?: What Happens When We Succeed? If San Francisco can do those four things successfully, it will create an economic dynamic that will: Maintain and enhance the viability and diversity of San Francisco’s export base and ensure stable economic growth Maximize the retention and creation of middle-income occupations in San Francisco, reducing income inequality. Support the development of industries with a positive fiscal impact on San Francisco.